The 21st annual observance of Life Chain was held on Sunday on the Houston Square. Pictured, from left, Cailynn Ray, Bryer Clouse and Carrie Ray. 

HOUSTON – Dozens of people gathered on the Houston Square on Sunday to observe the 21st annual Life Chain, an event where participants hold signs and pray for an end to abortion.

The event, which is nation-wide, started in 1987, and has spread since.

“Since 1987, the Life Chain has equipped the local church to lead our nation in prayer for the unborn,” says the description of the event on its website. “Our fight is life, our weapon is prayer, and our leaders are pastors, priests, and disciples of Jesus nationwide. From its small beginnings as a local witness in Southern California, Life Chains have spread to more than 2,000 cities across North America. Although Life Chains occur year-round, the first Sunday of each October is National Life Chain Sunday.”

Those present in Houston met for a word of prayer led by Bro. Randy Rinehart, and then spread out, about 10 feet apart, across the south and west sides of the square, with a few also standing on the north and east sides.

For an hour, they stood or sat in silent prayer.

“This is not a demonstration, but a time of prayer,” said Minnie Jo Hill, the coordinator of the event. “We will hold signs so passersby will know why we are there, and we will pray for about 45 minutes in all. We will pray for an end to abortion and for healing for those women who have undergone abortions and are full of regret and guilt.”

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